Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity/International

A Non-Profit Organization on a Mission to bring Vision to Every Person on the Planet

The Voice of Optometry in Developing Nations Since 1971

26th VOSH Annual Meeting 2018

October 12 – 14, 2018, Montreal, Canada

Theme: “United VOSH” 

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The VOSH Fellowship fosters the development of humanitarian leaders to meet the challenge of VISION 2020 and to prepares individuals who may be asked to consult with governmental agencies, educational, private, or public institutions, and the media on issues related to the mission and vision of VOSH/International.

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VOSH Signs Agreement to Establish First-Ever Optometry School in Haiti

Memorandum of Agreement signed for Haiti School of Optometry

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A Message to all VOSH and SVOSH Chapters

As 2018 begins, we would like to let you know what VOSH/International® (V/I) is doing for you and your VOSH chapter. Did you know there are now 81 VOSH Chapters ​including ​35 State​, Regional ​or Global ​Chapters and 46 Student-VOSH Chapters? Truly, ​VOSH Chapters are the essence of the VOSH family. In the past few years, under the presidency of Ellen Weiss, OD, FVI, and V/I Board member Michael Ciszek, OD, Chair of the V/I Student VOSH Committee, V/I focused on improving communications and relationships with all 46 Student VOSH chapters. That included a new network of communication which easily links all SVOSH chapters, 2 SVOSH Presidents symposiums, sponsored by National Vision, Inc, increased participation of SVOSH interns, the development of a highly anticipated Student VOSH Fellowship Program, an SVOSH Members only page on the VOSH website, and more. Did you know that the students want to go on your trips? It is amazing what can be accomplished by passionate volunteers. But then again, that is the beauty of VOSH, isn’t it?This year, I have made VOSH chapter services and domestic, local VOSH efforts priorities of my term as V/I President. This means that 2018 will be a year in which you will see a lot of benefits and changes to help your chapter communicate and operate even better. VOSH is here to help you! Here are a few highlights of what is newly available to your chapters, as well as what will be developed as the year unfolds​:​ ​New Clinic Form Streamlines Missions/Clinics and Eases Essential Data Collection. ​ The most exciting new development is that V/I has developed a universal form to be used by all chapters during their... read more

Join VOSH-SD’s 43rd mission to Gomez Palacio, MX- Only airfare required

February 3-11, 2018 to Gomez Palacio, Mexico, VOSH-SD, Contact Jennifer Ness, moore300zx@yahoo.com, or sdvosh@gmail.com 605-210-3141   The Gomez Palacio Lions Club covers all of our transportation, food and lodging for the week. Doctors are only responsible for their airfare.   This is the 43rd mission to Gomez Palacio MX. We team up with the local Lions Club to serve the patients. Doctors need to bring basic equipment such as BIO, retniscope, trial lens kit. There is a slit lamp and auto-refractor at the Lions Club. Patient load is based on how many doctors we have.    Here’s a brief breakdown of the week: Saturday- arrival day- we will land in Torreon fairly late but the Lions Club will feed us and check us in to the hotel. Sunday- Mass at nearby church, lunch and set up the clinic then some sort of outing or watch the Super Bowl Monday & Tuesday- clinic 9am to around 6pm with an hour or so break for lunch Wednesday- clinic 9am to around 6pm with lunch, then a big party that night (wear dancing shoes) Thursday- clinic 9am to around 6pm with lunch Friday- clinic 9am to around 1pm, after lunch tear down clinic, rest on the afternoon is free until banquet (semi formal) Saturday- shopping, sight seeing, bbq, relax Sunday- fly... read more

MEET NEW VOSH CORPS PLACEMENT, Dr. Ben Konig

Now in Nicaragua and citing unique experiences and possibilities for other North American OD’s, read about Ben Koenig, OD in this article in OGS News.    VOSH Corps is a collaboration between VOSH International and Brien Holden Vision Institute with financial support provided by Optometry Giving Sight.   The program invites North American ODs to serve in emerging optometric institutions as faculty and program development assistants as a means of building optometric education worldwide. To learn more, visit http://vosh.org/get-involved/vosh-corps/... read more

Optometry: A “Giving” Career

In this season of giving, it becomes a time of reflection about our lives and being thankful for what we have.  We can also reflect on how to give back, how we can make an impact.  It is important to give monetary support, but it is equally important to give of yourself and your time.  If you can help, help others with whatever special skills you have.  Giving money is very impactful.  Within the optometric profession there are many organizations to donate money to make a difference.  Find one that you support and donate.  VOSH/International can be one of those organizations.   Donated money goes 100% to VOSH/International projects.  These projects include local and international efforts.  Locally, money can help to provide support and loaned equipment to VOSH chapters and student involvement.  International projects include supporting optometric education at newly established optometry schools in developing countries through VOSH Corps.  VOSH Corps is a program where North American trained optometrists become faculty members at the newly established optometry schools.  VOSH/International also supports these developing optometry schools with equipment through the Technology Transfer Program (TTP). Giving of your time is also very impactful.  The ability to see enables social interaction, education, employment.  Without vision these things become much more difficult.  It is easy as an optometrist to use our skills to help others.  Eye examinations, prescription of glasses, detection and treatment of eye conditions, detection of medical conditions through eye signs is what we do.  We don’t always remember the impact you can have on someone’s life, it can be profound.  Volunteer with your local VOSH chapter.   VOSH clinic trips can happen... read more